Michael Avenatti 2020? Attorney 'Seriously Considering' Presidential Run
Michael Avenatti For President?
Michael Avenatti 2020: George Washington University Grad 'Serious' About Presidential Run
At the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser on Friday, August 10, 2018, in a moment that can be oddly juxtaposed against U.S. President Donald Trump's own first, June-2015 political speech, Michael Avenatti announced to the world his intention to take on Trump, and his belief that he has what it takes to beat him in 2020.
"Fighting not only for Stormy, but for others in the United States that feel disadvantaged by this cruel and unusual president," Mr. Avenatti said of his mega-client, adult film star Stormy Daniels, describing his recent rise to prominence. The lawyer has appeared on most popular television news programs, dozens of times over recent months.
"The Trump presidency has galvanized me as it has galvanized many of you and millions of other Americans. It has caused me to ask, 'How can I step up?'" the native of St. Louis, Missouri told gathered Democrats.
Speaking of Trump, Michael Avenatti confessed in Iowa to hoping that the office of the presidency would "change the man" and admitted that, instead, "the man has changed the office."
Michael Avenatti: Full Speech
'When They Go Low, We Hit Harder'
Avenatti listed "filthy air and slimy rivers," "disregard for the downtrodden, the disabled, and the disadvantaged," as well as "disregard for women and minorities, yet more billions for billionaires" as realities that will shape his policy positions.
The 47-year-old George Washington University graduate described a divide within the Democratic Party with regard to how members should "fight."
"I believe there is no bigger question facing our party and our nation than the question of how," Michael Avenatti implored Democrats, "because this president, no matter how corrupt or immoral he may be. He knows how to fight."
Referencing former First Lady Michelle Obama's famous 2016 words, "When they go low, we go high," as reported by CNN, Michael Avenatti respectfully, but firmly, disagreed, urging Iowa Democrats, "When they go low, we hit harder," and insisting, "We are the party of love."
"When you're fighting for the values of love, you cannot afford to fight lovingly," Avenatti's voice was firm.
"We are the party of Davids," the California resident said of the Democrats and their "eternal" struggle with Goliaths. "We are the party of people who want to live their lives, chase their dreams, do their jobs, raise their children, leave the world a little better than they found it."
Mr. Avenatti described the Trump presidency as a "dumpster fire" to hoots and applause from Wing Ding audience members.
Michael Avenatti Policy Views
Known Avenatti Stance
Medicare for all
Climate change efforts
Roe v Wade
does not support
support for revised TPP
Supreme Court balance
Entire repeal of Trump tax cuts
Campaign finance reform
Avenatti: 'The Truth, That Is My Policy'
"Avenatti? I like the idea. I'll work for him. I'm a Republican and I'll work for him," Ed Enright, a Garner, Iowa resident told ABC News with regard to a Michael Avenatti 2020 presidential run.
"I think he has integrity," Polk County, Iowa voter Melanie Smith said of the litigious sensation. "So that's a big plus, to me."
When asked by ABC "why he should be taken seriously" as a 2020 candidate, Michael Avenatti listed his 18 years of service "fighting on behalf of Davids versus Goliaths," including large corporations, "fraudsters," and "con men." He stated that his work has led to over $1 billion in settlements.
Presented with international trade as Donald Trump's "signature issue," which the president enjoyed a wide public platform to spread his views with regard to for decades before being elected, Michael Avenatti was asked for his.
"The truth, that is my policy issue," Avenatti answered. "The facts and evidence."
"I'm going to put Donald Trump on trial," the trial lawyer continued. "One way or the other."
"Hillary Clinton," Avenatti said plainly when asked whether he supported the former secretary of state or U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016.
"I do not believe we should abolish ICE," Michael Avenatti said of troubled U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "We should curtail ICE."
Michael Avenatti expresses support for Medicare for all. When asked, "How are we going to pay for it?" the presidential hopeful suggested starting with "not building the wall on our southern border," as well as plans for the Trump "tax breaks."
"This is a core issue. We have to provide a basic level of health care for all Americans."
Despite saying that the Trump tax cuts need to be examined, Michael Avenatti would not go so far as pledging to cancel them entirely.
"North Korea and Iran," the Democrat held up the two nations as the United States' "biggest national security threat."
Challenging President Trump's summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Avenatti said "you don't go there for a photo op ... you actually go there to get something done."
"If it was me, I'd still be there," he continued. "We made no progress."
'Where Are Donald Trump's Tax Returns?'
Michael Avenatti told ABC that President Trump has "interjected too much uncertainty into the international front."
"Yes," Avenatti replied when asked if he would meet with Kim Jong-Un.
The attorney expressed a desire to take part in a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership and described himself as a "free trade Democrat."
Asked, if Democrats are able to retake Congress in 2018, if they should impeach President Trump, Michael Avenatti pointed to "the facts," which, at present, he does not believe warrant impeachment. However, he was clear that this "could change next week."
Michael Avenatti questioned why Donald Trump is "standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin."
Though he has expressed that he will only run for president in 2020 if he believes the popular candidate can't beat Donald Trump, Michael Avenatti declined to name individuals he believes actually possess this ability, refusing to comment on names such as Bernie Sanders and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
"Over the years, the Democrats have had a lot of very talented individuals, but they have lacked fighters," Avenatti said of other campaigns. "They have lacked individuals willing to take the fight to Donald Trump and others. That's a significant problem."
When asked about a $10-million judgement involving Eagan Avenatti and the Internal Revenue Service, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, being fodder for "attack ads," Mr. Avenatti said, "I'll put up my background and my record of fighting on behalf of working people for the last 20 years against Donald Trump's any day of the week. I say, bring it."
ABC held up the fact that Hillary Clinton released eight years of tax returns with her presidential run and asked Avenatti if he planned to do the same. While he wouldn't commit to releasing eight years worth, he promised that he would release a number of years in proportion with the standard of other politicians.
He then asked, "Where are Donald Trump's tax returns?"
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